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Grandmother lives life to the fullest

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jun 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 14:04:29-04

Every year portions of Riverside are shut down as thousands pack the streets to cheer on the riders for Tulsa Tough.

Everyone from seasoned veterans to first-time riders is welcome. The Tulsa Divas and one Tulsa grandmother, in particular, are breaking the mold.

Elaine Tinsley is not your average grandmother. At 55-years-old she is living life to the fullest.

This weekend she biked 66 miles in The Gran Fondo, but it wasn't always this easy for her. 

“I struggled to make 3 miles when I first started around my neighborhood and then it encourages you to go more and further and you push yourself.”

Tinsley rides with The Tulsa Divas, a group of women who love cycling as well as supporting each other. 

“This is an all-inclusive group and we don’t just support each other with cycling," Tinsley said. "We become great friends and if anyone needs anything and we are on it.”

For anyone thinking of getting into riding, Tinsley said your age should never hold you back.

“This is a sport I can excel in," Tinsley said. "I rode 100 miles in LA last year and I plan on riding across North Carolina this year. I might not make it every mile, but I’m going to try. All you can do is just get out there. If you do that, you’ll go places you’ve never been before.”

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